City Winery Announces Music Amnesty Effort

City Winery Announces Music Amnesty Effort

This December, City Winery New York and City Winery Nashville will be opening their doors to collect unused and unwanted musical instruments and equipment in good and working condition to donate to two fantastic causes working toward a better future for youth growing up in challenging circumstances and conflict zones. The amnesty is being organized in partnership with award-winning charity, In Place of War and Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation. All instruments, equipment and monetary donations will benefit Cultura y Libertad located in Medellín, Colombia and The Haven, located in South Bronx NYC (more information below).

What they need:

  • Studio hardware (computer recording systems, sound cards etc)
  • Mixing desks
  • Microphones
  • Studio speakers
  • Live equipment
  • Electric and acoustic instruments
  • Cables and leads
  • Laptops
  • Keyboards
  • Drum kits

Donations will be accepted at their New York City and Nashville locations between the hours of 11am and 3pm, December 2nd through 5th, 2018.

For more information please visit their website:

New York City:

Located at: 155 Varick St. New York, NY 10013


Located at: 609 Lafayette St. Nashville, TN 37203


About the beneficiaries:

Cultura y Libertad - Colombia

"If it wasn't for hip-hop I would be dead. Hip-hop gave me another option and I'm truly thankful for that", MC Lupa, Medellín. In the gang war affected city of Medellín, Colombia, music literally saves people's lives - taking them out of gangs and engaging them in positive creativity. Cultura y Libertad provides a safe space for children and teenagers to express themselves in a protected environment using music and music production as a tool to make social change.

The Haven - South Bronx, NYC

The South Bronx is the poorest of the 435 congressional districts in the US, with 38% of residents living below the federal poverty line, which includes 49% of children. Here, NYPD's 40th Precinct has the highest violent crime and homicide rates in the city, filled with overcrowded housing projects notorious for gangs and turf rivalries. Our donations will go directly to assisting J.C. Hall, Hip-Hop Therapy? Program Director at Mott Haven Community High School (shown in the award-winning short documentary Mott Haven) set up a facility for the program's graduates to continue their personal, musical and entrepreneurial development.

City Winery is the only fully-functioning winery, restaurant, bar and private event space. Other locations include Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Boston, and Washington D.C. Coming in 2019 will be Philadelphia, and in early 2020 the new NYC location. Founded in 2008 by CEO Michael Dorf, the venue has hosted gigs by Prince, Gregg Allman, Graham Nash, Norah Jones, Lee Ann Womack, among many others. Each City Winery location is also a fully functioning urban winery, importing grapes from all over the world to create unique locally made wines.

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